TULSA — Two fired supervisors from the Oklahoma medical examiner's office said Tuesday they did nothing wrong.
Both said they have hired attorney Jim Miller, of McAlester.
Investigator supervisor Brenda Kelley and administrative supervisor Ashley Hancock were fired July 12 for violations of an employee conduct policy and a discrimination and harassment policy, according to their termination letters.
The chief medical examiner, Dr. Eric Pfeifer, did not specify in the letters how the policies were violated. Both women said they still don't know what accusations were made against them. They said they never were given a chance to respond.
Both had recent promotions.
Kelley, 50, said, “I want my name cleared from these allegations. I don't particularly want my job back because I don't want to work for an agency that would do that to an individual. ... It's absurd. I am not even that kind of person. ... Whatever allegations have been made are false.”
Hancock, 26, said, “I ... have an impeccable personnel file, with ... no bad marks at all. This — coming straight out of the blue — is kind of shocking. ... We were assets to them.”
Also fired July 12 was Dr. Andrew Sibley, who has done autopsies at the Tulsa office for almost 12 years.
Sibley also has complained he was never interviewed during an investigation and does not know specifically why he was fired.
Sibley was fired for violations of the employee conduct policy, the discrimination and harassment policy and the violence and weapons in the workplace policy, according to his termination letter.
All three Tulsa employees were put on administrative leave in May.
Miller said he is sending a letter to the medical examiner's office seeking details about the allegations and the identity of the accuser.